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Apr 17, 2013 4:00am PDT
many american cities, including pittsburgh and new york. man: new york city went to philadelphia and said, "you know, we're thinking of developing a hudson river water supply -- what do you suggest we do?" and they said, "we've had "a lot of problems on the schuylkill. "don't go to the hudson river. go to the upland and work by gravity." and that's what new york city did. they first went to the hudson highlands, but 150 years later, it went to the delaware highlands. and really diverted the water that normally went to philadelphia to new york city. i don't think they anticipated that. narrator: the majority of new york city's drinking water comes from watersheds in upstate new york. a watershed is the area of land where water from rain or snow melt drains downhill into a body of water. mountains act as a funnel to feed rivers and lakes. and in this case, reservoirs. in the new york city system, water is collected and stored in 19 reservoirs, which can hold more than a year's supply -- over 580 billion gallons of water. almost all of the system is fed by gravity, without the use of en
Apr 9, 2013 12:00pm PDT
across america, cities and towns, homes and businesses all depend upon one basic resource. modern civilization and life itself would be impossible without it. woman: okay, so today, we're going to look at how do we get our water? narrator: and today, it's a matter of simply turning on the tap. so often, we forget about the value of water. water is a commodity that is essential to life. 100 years ago, it would have been hard to imagine turning on the tap water. and now, it's an expectation. narrator: over 300 million people live in the united states. and each person uses an average of 100 gallons of water every day. man: what it takes to actually make clean water is somewhat a mystery to most customers. woman: so how does water get from the river into your house, or here at school? woman: somebody has to bring that water to us, and somebody has to take it away when we're finished with it. man: the water infrastructure is vital for disease protection, fire protection, basic sanitation, economic development, and for our quality of life. man: you just can't visualize all the assets that are under our feet. we have about two million miles of pipe in this nation. if you're walking around in an urban area, you're probably stepping on a pipe. man: our grandparents paid for, and put in for the first time, these large distribution systems. woman: and in many cases, it's not been touched since. man: we're at a critical turning point. much of that infrastructure is wearing out. narrator: our water infrastructure is made up of complex, underground systems that function continuously. these 10 locations take a look at the history, design, and challenges of our water infrastructure systems. each one represents a small part of what's at stake on a national scale. but understanding the challenges starts with understanding the value of the three basic systems. generations of americans have never experienced living without a constant, unlimited supply of water delivered straight to the tap, or without their waste flushed immediately away. i think people often forget -- because, you know, water utilities have made it very convenient for people to get water -- how important this is. man: in terms of water supply, wastewater, stormwater development -- these are independent technologies. but what came first, most often, was a water supply system. the basic system is essentially the same as we used back in the 19th century. and in some cases, some of the same pipes. grusheski: philadelphia was the first american city to develop a water system and to take on as a municipal responsibility water delivery to all of its citizens. when william penn laid out the city, he actually chose a spot of land that had a lot of groundwater. however, by 1730, 30,000 people lived within the first seven blocks of philadelphia, next to the delaware river. well, 30,000 people caused filth in the city and polluted their water sources. the groundwater was not potable. and in one year, 1/6 of the population died of yellow fever. now, they didn't know at the time that yellow fever was carried by mosquitoes. but the health issue was major in that first movement to build a water system. narrator: so they set out to find the cleanest source of water. although the majority of philadelphia's water now comes from the delaware river, early engineers found that development along the waterfront was causing pollution. so their search led them to the nearby schuylkill river. philadelphia developed technologies to pump water from the river into the city. these technologies established engineering concepts that are still the basis for our water systems today. europeans flocked here. it was a destination point to see the new world technology. when charles dickens visited us in 1840, he was truly blown away by high water pressure on the fourth floor of the hotel he was staying in. nowhere in europe had he experienced that. this technology was doing something to support the life and the growth of the city. philadelphia, throughout the 19th century, was the major industrial city of the united states. all of these industries used water from this system. and it served as a prototype for many american cities, including pittsburgh and new york. man: new york city went to philadelphia and said, "you know, we're thinking of developing a hudson river water supply -- what do you suggest we do?" and they said, "we've had "a lot of problems on the schuylkill. "don't go to the hudson river. go to the upland and work by gravity." and that's what new york city did. they first went to the hudson highlands, but 150 years later, it went to the delaware highlands. and really diverted the water that normally went to philadelphia to new york city. i don't think they anticipated that. narrator: the majority of new york city's drinking water comes from watersheds in upstate new york. a watershed is the area of land where water from rain or snow melt drains downhill into a body of water. mountains act as a funnel to feed rivers and lakes. and in this case, reservoirs. in the new york city system, water is collected and stored in 19 reservoirs, which can hold more than a year's supply -- over 580 billion gallons of water. almost all of the system is fed by gravity, without the use of energy-consuming pumps. valves open to regulate the flow into the 85-mile-long delaware aqueduct -- the longest tunnel in the world. at hillview reservoir... the water is partitioned into another giant tunnel system. where it travels deep below manhattan. the pressure built up by gravity from the mountains pushes the water upwards toward the surface through vertical shafts. these shafts feed the water mains of each neighborhood, which branch into smaller pipes below the streets... feeding into buildings and houses, into the plumbing, and finally, after its long journey, to our faucets. providing water to homes and industry is a monumental task, requiring immense infrastructure. but once the water is delivered and used, it must also be taken away. man: it's important that the waste generated by any society not be left around. cholera, and other diseases and problems, have been spread, because people wound up living in filth. even the ancients understood that you couldn't have the sewage where you lived. and the easiest thing to do was transport it to another spot -- by water, or a river. most of the first sewer systems were on the east coast of the united states, often in places that already had developed a citywide water supply system. sullivan: in 1630, boston was basically three mountains, there were very steep hills. waste would run down quickly and dump into the harbor. and the tide would carry most of it away. well, this worked well for a while. the problem was, as boston wanted to expand, it started filling in the mudflats. the water could come rushing down the hill, it would hit the flat area and slow down. at high tide, it couldn't get out at all. it got so bad that the city took over, 'cause the city has a responsibility to protect its citizens. boston built the first modern sewer system in the united states. ours was completed between 1877 and 1884. with this wonderful new sewer system, we were taking our filth and moving it out to the ocean. of course, all of this was untreated. in the 1960s, we were still pumping all of our sewage out to moon island, untreated. we would get swimmers here, never knowing, in the middle of summer, why you would have a cold. well, we were swimming in diluted sewage. melosi: the major way to deal with pollution, at least until early into the 20th century, was through the process of dilution. the assumption was that the capacity of rivers and streams, and even the seas, allowed for certain levels of pollution that eventually would purify themself. as we get later into the 20th century, it becomes clear that the volumes of waste made dilution unworkable as a single solution. and so treatment became the ways in which we deal with pollution. narrator: to protect public health, starting in the 1950s and '60s, there was a push to put in wastewater treatment plants across the united states. today, with evolving technologies, the waste travels through multiple stages of treatment, removing tons of solids... settling out microscopic particles, and introducing bacteria that consume and decompose the toxic material. in some plants, the water is further disinfected through the use of ultraviolet light or ozonation. these plants cost millions of dollars to construct, operate, and maintain. in population centers like los angeles, the scope of the task is staggering. the hyperion wastewater treatment plant serves four million people. it processes 350 million gallons of sewage and removes 500 tons of solids daily. after treatment at hyperion, what was once raw sewage is clean enough to release into santa monica bay. other cities and towns release treated wastewater, or effluent, into local rivers, lakes, and streams. as it flows downstream, additional cities may capture it for drinking water, consume it, and treat the water again. in other words, the water coming out of a wastewater treatment plant often enters the watershed, flows into intakes of drinking water treatment plants, and eventually finds its way right back to our faucets. it takes huge investments to ensure that wastewater and drinking water treatment plants function properly to maintain a safe water supply. we made the initial investments in the plants and the pipes. but once we accomplished that, there was this great recognition that we had a series of issues associated with wet weather conditions. storm events where, all of a sudden, you're dealing with a lot of water. narrator: large amounts of rainwater can cause flooding. engineers developed two approaches to stormwater infrastructure to transport water away from the urban environment. one approach was to carry waste and stormwater through the same pipe. this combined system was less expensive than building two individual pipe networks. and stormwater was seen as a way to flush out the sewers. through the 19th century, the combined system was considered state-of-the-art throughout the world, and is still in use in many cities today. but cities constructed these systems before treatment was the standard. and even today's largest treatment plant doesn't have the capacity to treat the sudden volumes of water rushing through a combined system during rain. the plant is overloaded, and the excess rainwater, mixed with untreated raw sewage, is diverted straight into local waterways, creating a combined sewer overflow, or cso. there are over 700 communities in the united states with combined sewer systems. the other approach was to separate wastewater from stormwater, using two pipe networks. this separate system simply carries the stormwater away from the city. but even separate systems pollute the watershed. in developed areas, concrete and other impervious services prevent water from naturally soaking into the land. as the rainwater moves over the roads and concrete expanse, it captures trash and invisible chemicals, sending them straight to the nearest waterway -- untreated. when engineers first designed america's water infrastructure -- the drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems -- they were some of the most advanced in the world. but the infrastructure is growing old. and population growth and development, particularly in urban areas, have made it difficult for original system designs to meet modern health standards and reliably satisfy demand. man: our water and wastewater systems really are engineering marvels. because it's buried, it's invisible to us, and we tend to take it for granted. that's a mistake. like any engineered system, it requires maintenance and periodic rehabilitation, and eventual replacement. it's so out of sight and so out of mind, that we don't realize the danger we're in. people see that their roads can cave in. their bridges are falling apart. the concern is that also the infrastructure that they can't see is falling apart. you wouldn't let your house be 100 years old and not ever do any maintenance to it. you would make sure that it was safe. 100 years ago, teddy roosevelt was president, and your pipes were brand new. now, our infrastructure is old. 100, 200 years old. it's not been upgraded or fixed or replaced, sometimes, ever. man: if these systems are not maintained, sooner or later they're going to fail. they all have a life expectancy. if you don't maintain them and constantly check them and then do what's necessary to rehabilitate or repair, you're going to have a big problem. and they're going to collapse. they're going to fail. and all of a sudden, the water, or the sewage that normally goes through them, will not have any place to go. it'll back up into homes, it'll back up onto the street. it's normally out of sight, out of mind. once it comes to the surface, it's a whole 'nother animal. melosi: you're talking about system-wide problems that would take tremendous human resources to correct. this is true with drinking water, as well as wastewater. man: first, our top story. thousands of people are without water tonight. woman: a flash flood of the manmade kind. apparently, a 12-inch pipe burst. take a look behind me. this water main break shut off water to 2,200 residents. woman: how many breaks are you working on right now? we have 24 breaks working right now. man: in our company, washington suburban sanitary commission, we had 479 water main breaks in february -- the most ever, for any february. man: this 10-inch water main in willard park is 73 years old. man: at wssc, we're having a year of record -- a ramp up slope of water main breaks that soon is going to reach exponential. man: the damage has been done. and this is the culprit. brunhart: today, 25% of our 5,500 miles of underground water pipes has reached the end of useful life. by the year 2020, 85% will have reached the end of useful life. woman: what to do? wssc is working on that costly problem right now. brunhart: it's not only true here, but it's true throughout our nation. narrator: across the united states, cities and towns are facing the challenge of aging and outdated drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure. it's a national problem. but it needs to be approached system by system. allbee: let's frame the systems in terms of the proper context. we have around 16,000 wastewater systems. we don't have a single wastewater system -- we have 16,000 of them. we have about 54,000 drinking water systems. narrator: issues facing new york city are very different from those in los angeles. and challenges facing small towns are very different from those in metropolitan areas. man: we have to have water supply for health purposes, for fire protection, and the economy. without it, things simply can't exist. woman: we have good health in this country, in part, because we have clean water. and we shouldn't forget that, and we shouldn't take it for granted. melosi: in the late 19th century, serious waterborne disease epidemics were having devastating effects. roy: but then, in the early 1900s, we began to treat our water. and since then, we've seen a rapid decline in the incidence of waterborne disease. narrator: most cities treat drinking water through filtration, chlorination, and sometimes ozonation to kill pathogens in the source supply. these are complex treatment plants that cost millions of dollars to operate, but are necessary for our wellbeing. the treatment of drinking water has been called one of the greatest public health achievements of the last century. the water infrastructure itself protects the treated water until it comes out of our taps. it's been since 1911, since we had an outbreak of cholera or typhoid in the united states. but that doesn't mean that it can't happen. it can happen. if we aren't on our guard all the time, we are vulnerable to going right back where we were in 1911. in milwaukee, health experts are taking a close look at the public water supply. in milwaukee, thousands of people have been getting sick. man: private distributors of bottled water are sending extra supplies as fast as possible. health officials blame a microscopic parasite called cryptosporidium. man: in the 1993 cryptosporidium outbreak, over 400,000 people became ill with diarrhea, cramping and nausea, and we also recorded over 100 deaths, primarily in the immuno-compromised community, and in particular, individuals with aids, or hiv infection. man: people were beginning to experience symptoms of diarrhea. it started to become more and more widespread. so the natural spot to look was drinking water. so tests were run on the water coming out of both of our water treatment plants. and we found cryptosporidium coming out of our howard avenue plant. man: milwaukee officials are shutting down one of the city's two water purification plants. biedrzycki: cryptosporidium is a parasite that's found in the gut or intestine of both humans and animals, and found in many surface waters throughout the globe. prior to 1993, it was not on our radar. it was not a reportable disease. narrator: epa standards did not safeguard against cryptosporidium, because it was an unknown threat. once it contaminated the water supply, the treatment plant had no capability to kill the pathogen. so it spread throughout the system. biedrzycki: we saw an expenditure of $90 million to upgrade both water treatment plants. kaminski: cryptosporidium was a wake-up call. it was a wake-up call for us. it's a wake-up call for the nation. take care of your infrastructure before you have the kind of problem we had. biedrzycki: by no stretch of the imagination do i think we're out of the woods. recent cdc statistics indicate that up to 32 million cases of waterborne disease occur each year in this country. roy: but the vast majority of waterborne outbreaks go undetected. when people first get ill, they think, "oh, it's something i ate last night." they don't think, "oh, it's something i drank last night." narrator: the milwaukee incident pointed out the potential vulnerability of our drinking water infrastructure in controlling the spread of illness. biedrzycki: it's incumbent upon us to try to stay ahead of the curve, but it's very, very difficult. there's always another bug on the horizon. narrator: in 2008, the associated press reported that water quality testing across the nation uncovered trace amounts of pharmaceutical compounds in the drinking water supplies of millions of americans. the health effects of these low levels of medications diluted in our water are still being determined. but these findings further illustrate the fundamental relationship of infrastructure to health. the quality of water plays a significant role in public health. but reliable quantities of water play a significant role in public safety. [ sirens ] the water that comes out of the fire hydrants is the same water that you are utilizing to drink out of your own faucets in your home. so it is critical that we have the best and optimal water distribution system that we can tap into. johnson: in the mid-1990s, the water system had just about collapsed. the district had just run into some very dire financial circumstances, and, when those kinds of things happen, the very first thing that goes is maintenance of those things that one does not see. egan: you have hydrants that were manufactured in the 1800s. you have underground pipes, you have underground valves. they get what they call tuberculin built up. you would compare it to a 100-year-old man that has heavy cholesterol. they could be 6- or 8-inch mains, but being 100 years old, they actually may be 2-inch mains. and they reduce the amount of volume of water that's available to us. johnson: there were a number of things that we have had to do in order to get the system back up to an acceptable standard. replacing mains and valves and fire hydrants and other components of the system to ensure that it operates properly. egan: we consider both the underground infrastructure and the above ground assets to be a part of the critical infrastructure of the city. johnson: and if the infrastructure is not there to actually deliver that water in the volume and the quality that's necessary, then communities simply can't exist. man: infrastructure is vital to the american economy. water, after all, is an essential ingredient in hundreds of thousands of everyday products. narrator: agriculture and industry use roughly 80% of the water consumed in the united states. water is the basis for manufacturing many goods and provides the ability to clean and sterilize everything from computer chips to the surgical instruments used in hospitals. kelly: the minute that there's not enough water for businesses, industry, and individuals, they have to go elsewhere. and when they go elsewhere, jobs go elsewhere. your entire economy begins to suffer with the lack of clean water. narrator: while the water infrastructure provides for our health, safety, and economy, a growing concern is that the value society derives from water has not traditionally been reflected in the price we pay for water. man: when you take a look at how much people pay for water, as a percentage of median household income, it's usually less than 1%. and when you compare that to how much we pay for electricity and gas, cable tv, and internet, the bottom line is, in the united states, we don't pay a heck of a lot for water. curtis: at an average cost of about $2.50 for 1,000 gallons of tap water, it is a great bargain. garvin: but the rates that are being charged for water are insufficient to replace existing systems and to expand existing systems. narrator: because original infrastructure investments were frequently subsidized by the federal government, water pricing was often calculated without accounting for the initial cost to build the systems. we made major investments in assets in the '50s, '60s, and '70s. and for the first 40 years of that pipe, there really may not have been many maintenance requirements. we're past that period now. narrator: water pricing based only on day-to-day operation, and not on planning for maintenance and eventual upgrades has resulted in a considerable repair and replacement backlog. allbee: on a national scale, if you looked at what we're spending now, and you looked at the additional investment requirements over the next 20 years, there's a $540 billion difference. man: so one of the greatest challenges is to reflect true value pricing. so that the citizens and businesses that rely on water and wastewater infrastructure systems are actually paying for it. narrator: cities and municipalities across the united states are now facing this funding gap, between projected revenue and projected expenses, as they strive to maintain water quality and meet demand. new york is the most densely populated city in the u.s. and over 40 million tourists visit the city every year. the 1.3 billion gallons of water required every day are delivered by a system of extraordinary scale and complex engineering. man: water is essential to the economic viability of new york city.
Apr 26, 2013 2:00am PDT
revelation from the surviving boston bombing suspect. new york city's busy times square was supposed to be their next terror target. plus, the reluctant hero who helped turn the tide and maybe even saved lives. new details on how a carjacking victim's split-second decision foiled the bombing suspects' escape. >>> and a long wait at the airport could finally be over. new this morning, congress putting an end to furloughs in air traffic control towers. there's some good news for you. good morning. welcome to "early start." glad you're with us this morning. i'm zoraida sambolin in new york. >> and i'm john berman live in boston this morning. it is friday, april 26th, 5:00 a.m. in the east, and this morning i am standing in front of that memorial, zoraida, that beautiful memorial that's been set up here in boston's copley square. there are running sneakers here, there are mementos left behind for all those people lost here in these tragic events nearly two weeks ago now. and as everyone here in boston around the country remembers, investigators are still piecing together their case here,
Apr 26, 2013 2:00am PDT
headed to new york city. their target? times square. >>> the senate moves to help ease those massive travel delays brought on by faa furloughs and the sequester. u.s. intelligence now says syria has used chemical weapons in civil war. will the obama administration intervene? >>> plus ufive living u.s. presidents share a stage. the first round picks of the nfl draft. and "boston" magazine's inspirational tribute. >>> good morning. i'm mara schiavocampo. the boston marathon was just the first target. dzhokhar tsarnaev reportedly told investigators they also planned an attack in new york's times square. nbc news justice correspondent pete williams begins our coverage. >> reporter: investigators say they've been told that while the bombing suspects were fleeing from boston in an suv they carjacked last thursday night, they came up with the idea of driving to new york, taking along a half dozen bombs they had with them. >> in the car, they made a decision to go to new york with the remaining explosive devices that they had and to detonate one or more in times square. >> reporter:
Apr 25, 2013 11:00am PDT
investigators that he and his brother decided after the boston bombings that they would go to new york city to party. however, a subsequent questioning of dzhokhar revealed that he and his brother decided spontaneously on times square as a target. they would drive to times square that same night. they discussed this while driving around in a mercedes suv that they had hijacked after they shot and killed an m.i.t. police officer in cambridge, dzhokhar said. that plan, however, fell apart when they realized that the vehicle that they hijacked was low on gas and ordered the driver to stop at a nearby gas station. the driver used the opportunity to escape and call the police. that eventually led to the shootout in watertown, where the older brother was killed in an exchange with gunfire with the police. up until that point, the two brothers had at their disposal six improvised explosive devices. one was a pressure cooker bomb, similar to the two that had exploded at the marathon. the other five were pipe bombs. we know that dzhokhar was photographed in times square with friends on or before april
Apr 24, 2013 2:30am PDT
furloughs for air traffic controllers? first to our top story live at 5:30 a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. we begin with the latest from boston where according to federal officials the surviving suspect in the marathon bombing say he and his brother were self-radicalized and the attack was fueled towards their anger over the u.s. wars in iraq and afghanistan. federal authorities believe dzhokhar tsarnaev and his brother acted alone when they detonated two pressure cooker bombs. the 19-year-old who suffered gunshot wounds is listed in fair condition. officials say he claims the instructions from making the bombs came from an english language magazine supported by al qaeda's affiliate in yemen. the wife of the dead bombing suspect said it was absolute shock that her husband was involved. >>> the suspect's mother who refuses to believe her sons had anything to do with last monday's bombing also told cnn "their protector is god who is allah, the only one, allah, okay? if they're going to kill him, i don't care. my oldest one has been killed and i don't care. i don't care if my youngest one is goi
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Apr 12, 2013 1:30am PDT
-- [cheers and applause] you know, folks, if anyone out there watching is thinking of visiting new york city there's so many great things to see, but nothing is more iconic than the costume mascots in times square. i mean you can't be -- you can't beat posing with your kids next to a sweaty person in a filthy plush knockoff costume who then harasses you for money. i'm furious at new york city councilman peter have lone, j-, that intro deuced regulations on costumed characters in new york city. what is next? you are only allowed to publicly urinate 16 ounces at a time. we're all angry. the fun stomper here is bringing down the hammer because of a few little incidents. for instance, on sunday a cookie monster was accused of picking up this two and a half-year-old boy telling his mother to take a photo and yelling obscenities and shoving the boy to the ground when she didn't pay fast enough. i don't see a problem as long as that shoving was brought to you by the number 2 for the dollars you owe him, biatch. and vallone will not stop piling on every negative example he could find saying we had a groping
Apr 17, 2013 1:00am PDT
, the new york city hydrogen peroxide bomb, there was a bomb in a backpack packed with fishing weights. it was discovered before it went off. there was the guy strapped with explosives who stormed the discovery channel in maryland. he was killed by police. the attempted underwear bomber, shoe bomber. there have been lots of attempts to bomb the u.s., but almost no successful bombing attacks, one in which the explosives actually detonated and caused the intended damaged. there was a small homemade bomb in wisconsin last year. it broke up the window sill. a mail bomb sent to the university in scottsdale, arizona in 2004. it hurt the man who was the sbepded target, but other than those, attempts at setting off bombs in the united states since 9/11, there have been a lot f tries, but they have almost never been successful. an uncomfortably large number of people, almost nobody pulls it. does it say something important about the person or persons who bombed the boston marathon, that they were able to successfully detonate bombs when almost every other plot in recent years has been tharted?
Apr 16, 2013 6:00pm PDT
. so often they have a preference on the potties. in the days immediately after 9/11, new york city stepped up security in a really visible way. there were soldiers in the train stations carrying military rifles. they stopped playing baseball everywhere in america after 9/11. when the games resumed later that month, you had to go through new security checks to get into the stadiums and at first, it took a long time because the extra checking was new and we are not yet good at it, but at least a baseball stadium is in a contained place. a stadium seemed like a place you could make secure if you we want through enough trouble. new york city even hosted a world series after 9/11 that year. but something like this, like marathon route. it's 26 miles long. this is not so easily locked down and secured. these pictures are of the new york city marathon which happens every year in november. in chicago and fargo and bermuda and where ever, they tend to be open events. crowds crowd in close. they slap runners high fives. offer the runners water and orange slices. in 2001, new york city had a few week
Mar 31, 2013 11:00pm PDT
quote , someone from new york city, a real appreciation of the different problems in arizona so, look, we've come to a basic agreement which is that, first, people will be legalized. in other words not citizens but they will be allowed to work, come out of the shadows, travel. then we will make sure the border is secure and we have specific metrics that are in the bill. i'm not going to get into what they are to make sure that happens. and after that happens, there's a path to citizenship and i think there's agreement among the eight on all of us and i think most of the american people agree with that, that we should certainly do -- we made a great deal of progress in securing the border. i'm sure jeff would say that. but i would join him in saying we have to make more progress. >> i want to ask you about some controversial comments made by a form 0er colleague of yours when you served in the house, alaska republ republican don young, about something he said this week about mexican immigrants. here is what he said. >> my father had a ranch. we used to hire 50 to 60 wetbacks to pick to
Apr 24, 2013 9:00am PDT
somebody who works for new york city, i think i would like to know if the fbi thinks there's sufficient reason to interview somebody who's living in new york city. >> and if a foreign government is also red flagging someone. also when it comes to intelligence-gathering, the most local you can get, the more inside the community, the more efficient the intelligence gathering. >>> coming up, the president's controversial program of targeting overseas finally gets time in the capitol hill spotlight, except nobody from the white house showed up. we'll discuss the game of drones, just ahead. i think ford service is great, but i wondered what a customer thought? describe the first time you met. you brought the flex in... as soon as i met fiona and i was describing the problem we were having with our rear brakes, she immediately triaged the situation, knew exactly what was wrong with it, the car was diagnosed properly, it was fixed correctly i have confidence knowing that if i take to ford it's going to be done correctly with the right parts and the right people. get a free brake ins
Apr 22, 2013 6:14am PDT
about 54,000 drinking water systems. narrator: issues facing new york city are very different from those in los angeles. and challenges facing small towns are very different from those in metropolitan areas. man: we have to have water supply for health purposes, for fire protection, and the economy. without it, things simply can't exist. woman: we have good health in this country, in part, because we have clean water. and we shouldn't forget that, and we shouldn't take it for granted. melosi: in the late 19th century, serious waterborne disease epidemics were having devastating effects. roy: but then, in the early 1900s, we began to treat our water. and since then, we've seen a rapid decline in the incidence of waterborne disease. narrator: most cities treat drinking water through filtration, chlorination, and sometimes ozonation to kill pathogens in the source supply. these are complex treatment plants that cost millions of dollars to operate, but are necessary for our wellbeing. the treatment of drinking water has been called one of the greatest public health achievements of the last c
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Apr 16, 2013 4:00pm EDT
everywhere in new york city. extra security for the dodgers game in los angeles in washington in las vegas, atlanta, chicago, no matter where you look, cities and the whole country is on the lookout, here, and there, and we got you covered everywhere. with amy kellogg in a nervous london, and eric in times square, and sheryl outside fortress wall street, and rick leventhal in an anxious boston. we start with rick. >> a number of developments this afternoon, including a boston globe report that investigators found a circuit board believed to have triggered the bombs. they were made with pressure cookers, a style of explosive device found in afghanistan and pakistan. we learned that the saudi national who was tackled running from the scene, whose apartment was searched, has been cleared as a possible suspect, and they have re-opened part of boylston street as the shrink the crime scene and focus their efforts on the bomb site. we know investigators and atf and fbi are documenting every inch of payment, collecting every shred of possible evidence and they're asking for the puck's help to prov
Apr 9, 2013 10:30pm PDT
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Apr 25, 2013 10:00am PDT
city officials in new york, city officials now believe the bombing suspects intended to go to new york, not just to party as police commissioner ray kelly had indicated yesterday, by also perhaps to try to set off whatever remaining devices they had in times square. again, we've heard this now from congressman peter king who says he has talked to a number of law enforcement officials in the city of new york. and that is their understanding or interpretation of the comments being made by dzhokhar tsarnaev. again, we don't have a transcript of what he said. so this is the interpretation we're getting from congressman king. it's also based on gloria borger's reporting based on two officials that she has spoken to. we are awaiting as you see what will be statements being made by new york mayor michael bloomberg and police commissioner ray kelly. it's going to be made in that room you see on the side of your screen there. we're of course going to bring that to you as soon as it starts. want to give you all the latest information we can. also new today in the boston investigation, federal la
Apr 15, 2013 6:50am EDT
documents it will pay a wide range of taxes. your testimony was that immigration actually saved new york, stimulation of the economy. can you briefly describe how that worked? >> i cannot speak with authority on any place outside of the five boroughs of new york city. i can tell you we think we have roughly 500,000 undocumented. but they have a very low crime rate because they do not want to go near the ins. 75% pay taxes. there is withholding and no place to send the refund. social security will go bankrupt six years earlier if he did not have the undocumented in this country. the undocumented, because the pace social security but do not get benefits. so security but did not get the benefits. some of the maybe do not have the language skills to get a higher-paying jobs. educatedhem are highly professionals, but there degrees may be from another country. >> maybe you could offer more visas to the immigrants who let's face it will probably be doing the jobs anyway. the improved legal status may allow the recourse if they are abused. it stands to reason if your co- worker cannot be exploited, you exploitedo be yourself. eventually americans may consider taking the jobs again. most decrepit reasons is to give them better lives. drugs.uption, issues of d
Apr 3, 2013 1:00am PDT
leading to today, it seemed weird. the "new york times" said it was a probably coup for the fraction of democrats when they recruited their leader. they also recruited an additional democrat, -- for a possible run for mayor of new york city. mr. smith talked through the arrangement over a lunch of fried meat balls at enzo's. today, it was not fried meat balls, but it was a shared arrangement between senator smith and the republicans who he thought could get him on the ballot as a republican to run for new york city mayor. see, there are a lot more democrats than there are republicans in new york city, so it is a tried and true method to become a republican, specifically for the purpose of running for new york city mayor. it means you don't have a difficult primary, right? you have an easier primary if you're running as a republican than if you were running on the democratic side. that's how mike bloomberg got the job in the first place, then once he was in, he ran as a republican, then dropped the republican label and became an independent. but if you are a registered democrat and you want to pull this, you want to appear listed as a republican on the ballot in a new york city election. what you need is a majority of republi
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Apr 1, 2013 2:00am PDT
northeast and parts of the southeast. temperatures, 46 in new york city, the 50's across the carolinas, 50 in the city of dallas. by the time we head into this afternoon in texas, you'll be enjoying warm temperatures. 86 degrees for your high temperature in san antonio. we may get to 60 degrees in new york city. we have yet to do that so far this season. 40 will be the high temperature in chicago. look at minneapolis. a very chilly day. 36 degrees for your high temperature. showers across parts of new england. snow on the backside of this system across northern parts of maine. we could be seeing lake-effects behind this storm system. heavier rain across the carolinas, georgia. there is a chance on the tail end of this stimulator on this -- tail end of this system we could be seeing storms across parts of oklahoma. we have the start of baseball season today. yankees playing the red sox in new york. looking at a temperature of about 54 degrees at the start of the game. >> that's a big deal. always love it when baseball season starts. >> it's nine minutes after the top of the ho
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Apr 15, 2013 6:00pm EDT
the capitol. so we're always very mindful of that, as is the fact that new york city is always the number one targets. the fact that boston was hit here just opens it up to a whole new city. it's very, very tragic. but again, to pick the time when multiple people were finishing going across the finish line to simultaneously detonate as we've seen in these horrific pictures that we have such graphic photos of people literally being blown up, limbs being blown off, it is a real tragic day. one thing that's for certain, we will find the people who did this and we will bring them to justice. >> it does run the spectrum, though. as much as it may have similarities to the new york city subway plot, you also have images o the 1996 olympic park bombing and what that person, eric robert rudolph, had in his mind. so you can run the gamut on possible systems behind this, right? >> sure. this is so close to the event that when i talk to law enforcement, f.b.i., those on the ground, you really can't jump to conclusions right now because you tonight know what the final answer is here. but we do
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Apr 25, 2013 1:00pm PDT
everything that did go down, could you imagine if a new york attack had gone down? >> what to make off all of that in the city on tender hooks? we go to times square and rick leventhal. >> senior law enforcement officials are not convince thread was a plot. there were no specific plans to attack new york city but according to the mayor and the police commissioner the century so ifing brother told the fbi they decided on the spur of the moment to drive to new york city to times square, and set off the remaining explosives. that included another pressure cooker bomb that went offty boston marathon, and five other explosions. they were in fact pipe bombs. new york city has mobilized his counterterrorism operations there was a very heavy police precious in times square, and these two guys were among the most wanted men in america, but there's no guarantee that anyone would have been able to stop them in time. >> the investments we made in counterterrorism operations and intelligence, helped reduce the possible of a successful terror strike but they too not -- eliminate that. nothing can do that. we don't know if we
Apr 15, 2013 1:00pm EDT
long time. the afscme and the new york city pension fund s s. >> what the group says in and of itself a full-time job. the letter comes as the bank's board arranges its own. the board has backed the dual role. the led said another check and balance said it would have helped when a ceo is his own boss. simon? >> stay with me, if you would. let me come back. he has joined us here on the set. he is, of course, the new york city controller. about $800 million of shares in jp morgan chase. we think this is good corporate governance. >> what difference would it make? >> i think it's just common sense to have somebody report to himself as his boss doesn't make sense. we believe that when you separate that, there is a reason why there are two different roles. >> there have been studies that show that when the chief executive officer's position is separated or held by a person other than the chairman of the board i think there is one study that shows that they are 28% better. >> is there any common ground that you found didn't involve pliting these roles? that the independent director g
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Apr 25, 2013 10:00pm EDT
the boston morning suspect list was revealed today. new york city mayor michael bloomberg saying he received confirmation from fbi investigators said that the brothers had planned to detonate bombs in new york city's crowded times square, a plan that investigators call spontaneous, but nonetheless potentially deadly. >> we were informed by the fbi that the surviving attacker reveal that new york city was next on their list of targets. he told the fbi, apparently, that he and his brother had intended to drive to n new york than it dineed additional explosives in times square and. they had built these additional explosives, and we know they had the capacity to carry up the tax and the. lou: we also learned today that fbi investigators were stunned to see a it federal magistrate judge, assistant u.s. attorney in, and the federal public defender stopped their interrogation of tsarnaev monday order to read the suspect is marin writes. to federal officials telling fox news that the fbi confirmed in a capitol hill briefing today tha they felt by l. -- valuable intelligence was sacrificed a
Apr 27, 2013 4:00am PDT
that ends. "weekends with alex witt" starts now. >>> unexpected discovery in a new york city alley. a remnant of the 9/11 attacks, all these years later. why was it found now? >>> face to face for the first time. we're hearing from the man who looked the boston bomber in the eyes, and what he noticed moments before the blast. >>> flooding fears rise. why there's new alarm this morning in the midwest as some rivers head for record highs. >>> another face-lift. the u.s. is being forced to create new $100 bills, again. we'll explain in our big money headlines. good morning, everyone. welcome to "weekends with alex witt." let's get to what's happening right now out there. it is a race against time this morning in the upper midwest. as volunteers try to protect homes and buildings from the rising red river. sandbags are being put in place in neighborhoods in fargo, north dakota. 600 roads and 300 bridges are expected to be flooded. this is after a very wet spring already. heavy rains have brought on flooding on rivers, and illinois, missouri, indiana, and michigan. nbc's kevin tibbles join
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Apr 25, 2013 6:00pm PDT
investigation, including new information on the suspects' plans to target times square in new york city. also governor patrick says he will not release details of the brothers' welfare benefits. why is that? because he says he doesn't want to invade the poor terrorists' privacy? we'll have that outrageous decision debate coming up e carful? how the bowlful? campbell's soups give you nutrition, energy, and can help you keep a healthy weight. campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. campbell's. vo: to the elegant trim es in each and every piece, bold will make your reality a dream. ♪ there you go. come on, let's play! [ male announcer ] there's an easier way to protect your dog from dangerous parasites. good boy. fetch! trifexis is the monthly, beef-flavored tablet that prevents heartworm disease, kills fleas and prevents infestations, and treats hook-, round-, and whipworm infections. treatment with fewer than 3 monthly doses after exposure to mosquitoes may not provide complete hrtworm prevention. the most common adverse reactions were vomiting, itching and lethargy. serious ad
Apr 3, 2013 4:30am PDT
as they strive to maintain water quality and meet demand. new york is the most densely populated city in the u.s. and over 40 million tourists visit the city every year. the 1.3 billion gallons of water required every day are delivered by a system of extraordinary scale and complex engineering. man: water is essential to the economic viability of new york city. reliable infrastructure and reliable delivery of water is a must. you have to reinvest in the infrastructure every single minute to keep it current. hurwitz: we have the stock exchange, we have the united nations -- failure can have a dramatic impact on the nation, and even internationally. so there's a really keen awareness that you always have to be fixing the system. things corrode, they rust. they get to where you turn them on and nothing happens. but it is so totally used in every nook and cranny, that making any accommodation to shut it down, to do something to it, is very difficult. narrator: two massive underground tunnels, called simply tunnel 1 and tunnel 2, provide most of the city's water supply. they run hundreds of f
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Apr 26, 2013 2:00am PDT
officials he and his brother had their sights set on attacking times square in new york. >> molly has more of this claim. >> this comes from a new york city press conference in which officials say they believe the boston marathon bombers were head to do times square with a plot to set off the rest of their bombs there. siting information from the fbi say the surviving suspect is talking and telling investigators the plan was to use the explosives they still had the five pipe bombs and the pressure cooker bomb similar to the ones in boston. the suspects were familiar with times square. >> we know that dzhokhar was photographed in times square with friends on or before april 18th of 2012. and that he was in the city again in november of 2012. we don't know if those visits were related in any way to what he described as the before's spontaneous decision to target times square. >>> but the two brothers never made it out of massachusetts. they are accused of car jacking an suv that was low on gas when they stopped for fuel the victim escaped ran for help and a chase with police began ending in the shootout and the death of tamerlan the older brother
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Apr 11, 2013 7:30pm PDT
they nishitied a civil suit against the city of new york as we would all do and it's ten years and nothing has happened. you can see the -- in 1989 being a member of the central park five was among the worst human beings on earth. >> no question. >> you can see the heroism, the essential goodness. it's like a lie detector test. you look in their eyes and i defy you to look and say -- you can go in saying they are guilty. >> they don't even need us to go in the district attorney said they didn't do it. here say singular piece of dna evidence. it's this other guy, who by the way, since they didn't catch him for that even though they had him went on to commit other horrific crimes. >> they could have had him two days before and somebody forgot to follow up. he raped several women and murdered a pregnant women. i think all of this say way of saying we all make mistakes in life. the journalist says it really depends on what you do with it. everybody has med a mistake. these guys are invested in this mistake and it's 24 years. >> it's the part i am having trouble getting through. i do be
Apr 5, 2013 12:00am PDT
strike in new york city, many walking out for higher wages and in some cases the right to unionize and one in brooklyn was forced to open its doors late to open the strike. twice as many workers participated this time around. you might look at this and say, oh, that's a rally. 400 people. no big deal. let me tell you why this is remarkable. think about this a second. put yourself in the shoes of someone if you're not in the shoes of those already, put yourself in the shoes of someone making minimum wage, for instance, gregory, who participated in the strike and spoke to the "new york times." he is a driver for domino's and has a 3-year-old daughter to support and makes $7.25 an hour. he said it is not possible to support a family we are surviving. life in new york city at $7.25 an hour is life in a boat with a hole that keeps getting bigger. you cannot make the math work. no amount of hard work makes $7.25 an hour add up to a livable wage. no amount of determination or stoic nobility makes the math work. the math does not work at $7.25 an hour. if you make $7.25 an hour, you will be po
Apr 25, 2013 5:00pm PDT
investigation into the boston bombing included new york city. they tell nbc news following the boston bombings, dzhokhar and his brother were headed to new york city but made a spur of the moment to create more violence. >> new york city was next on their list of targets. he told the fbi that he and his brother intended to drive to new york and designate additional explosives in times square. >> this picture shows dzhokhar last year. police are talking to those who know him. >>> police arrested a juvenile who has been calling in bomb threats to schools. classes were disrupted every day this week because of the threats. calls were made to antioch high school, too. the juvenile admitted to making the threats. they are not releasing the person's age or gender. >>> a threatened lawsuit. civil rights attorneys and groups promoting black and hispanic contractors complain that no minority owned companies have been hired to work on the billion dollar project. they sent a letter threatening to file a lawsuit to the city, the 49ers and the nfl. the stadium's main developers based in new york sa
Apr 17, 2013 3:00am PDT
new york as well and mike working around the clock, around the clock in his city of boston. we will start, though, with the latest on the investigation. new details surrounding the explosive used in boston and the two lingering questions who built them and why. nbc has obtained these photos of what remains of a pressure cooker which was used as the delivery device for the explosives. law enforcement sources tell nbc news the bombs were built to act like homemade ieds. sources tell nbc news the bombs included a battery pack and "the boston globe" reports investigators recovered a part of a circuit board at the scene. the bombs were packed with scha shrapnel. the bomb was not capable of creating a massive blast. instead, its main purpose was to maim and injure. photos obtained by whdh in boston showed the area where the bomb was left moments before and moments after the detonation. the fbi is looking at these photos and others like them for clues as to who placed the bombs and when. now there is precedent for devices like these. in 2004, the fbi sent out a memo on the use of homemade
Apr 29, 2013 4:00am PDT
selections' rich roasts and flavors, you can turn any day gourmet. >>> here in new york city today >>> here in new york city today the last pieces of a 408-foot spire are expected to be lifted to the rooftop of one world trade center, and once they are later put into their final place, the 104-story skyscraper will become the tallest building in the western hemisphere. the new tower replaces the twin towers destroyed on 9/11. >>> meanwhile investigators will try to determine where a piece of landing gear came from that was found near ground zero. the part is found to be from one of the two hijacked planes that struck the world trade center on 9/11. it was wedged in a small place between two buildings. >>> on the cbs "moneywatch," a push to keep the abrams tank rolling and a big box office news from abroad. ashley morrison is here in new york with that and more. good morning to you, ashley. >> good morning to you, vinita. asian stocks were mixed ahead of the european rates. hong kong's hang seng added a fraction. south korea's kospi dropped a quarter percent while tokyo's nikkei is
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